I recently returned from a trip around the world. Literally, we flew from Altanta to Los Angeles to Japan to Singapore, finally arriving in Bandung, Indonesia. On the way home, we flew from Bandung to Singapore to Frankfurt to New York, finally arriving back in Atlanta. It was a trip around the world. I wish that I could have spent several days in each city, but the purpose of the trip around the world was to visit my daughter and son-in-law who are teaching at the Bandung Alliance Christian School.
Truthfully, until son-in-law proposed to my daughter and they were married last summer, Indonesia was not on my bucket list of places to visit. What a beautiful country… a country with over 17,000 islands, volcanoes, mountains, and beaches. It is also the country with the largest muslims population in the world. Each morning, we woke to the call to prayer at the local mosque. My daughter and son-in-law are very careful to respect the customs of the muslim world and we were sent some simple do’s and don’ts prior to coming. Pray for their work at the Christian School and for their ability to be a witness for Christ in this world that they have chosen.
Indonesia is a diverse culture and on our trip we spent three days on the island of Bali. Unlike the island of Java, the people on Bali are primarily Hindus. We witnessed the peoples of Bali, provide the daily offerings on the many altars and spelled the incense that was offered as a pleasant aroma to their god. At a cooking school hosted by a local Hindu family, the husband gave a major evangelistic presentation on Hinduism. It was very enlightening presentation.
As I reflect on my trip, it was a joy to see where my daughter and son-in-law live. They are doing a great job learning the language and building relationships with their neighbors. The trip gave me a real taste of world religions. May the people in Indonesia and in America come to know the only God who loved them enough to send his only Son so that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.
Please pray for my daughter and son-in-law and for the nation of Indonesia.